- - Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Led Zeppelin will not be reuniting anytime soon.

That message came through loud and clear Tuesday with sarcasm, stoic silence and even the occasional barb at reporters who dared to ask. Just the mention of the topic set off lead singer Robert Plant at a news conference for the band’s upcoming concert film, “Celebration Day.”

But at the film’s premiere later in the evening, guitarist Jimmy Page set the record straight, sort of, about a potential reunion.

“I think it’s disappointing for people when the answer is no,” Mr. Page said, according to The Associated Press. But he later added: “That’s what it is now.”

“Celebration Day” covers their 2007 reunion concert at London’s 02 Arena. Original members Mr. Plant, Mr. Page and John Paul Jones, as well as Jason Bonham, the son of John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Since the death of Bonham in 1980, the band has played only a handful of gigs, with the 2007 tribute concert being the last time.

On the red carpet, Jason Bonham said he understands why the fans want something more from the band, but he feels there’s good reason to put it to rest.

“I think it’s probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go, ‘Why won’t you do anymore?’ They don’t get it,” Mr. Bonham said. “But you know what, there’s a time, and for me it’s when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin.”

Mr. Jones, the band’s bassist, said all the band’s energy went into that performance.

“We focused on the show and that was it. Fortunately it was on film,” Mr. Jones said.

Mr. Page was conscious of Led Zeppelin’s uninspired performance at the Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary concert in 1988. So the band rehearsed for about six weeks before the London show.

“You have to understand, any other group would be a doing a warm-up gig, and then they would have like two or three concerts in a row. We could have done more than one, with the demand, but we only had one shot and we had to be super-duper confident on it, and it went well,” Mr. Page said.

During a news conference earlier in the day, the band became uncomfortable with a question about “anticipating something bigger for the band.”

As the questions mounted about anything to do with their future, the band responded with silence. At one point, Mr. Page mentioned that the reunion concert was five years ago, and that if there was a chance they were reuniting, people would have heard about it.

“Celebration Day” will be released worldwide Wednesday on 1,500 screens before its release on DVD on Nov. 19.

Mike Tyson granted visa for Australian tour

Australia granted Mike Tyson a visa Wednesday, one week after New Zealand barred the former heavyweight boxing champion from entering that country because of his 1992 rape conviction.

Officials carefully weighed the pros and cons of his visit and of his character given his criminal past before making the decision, said Cian Manton, a spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

She said it was the first time Mr. Tyson had applied for a visa to Australia and he was warned the privilege could be revoked if he broke any laws.

“Given the purpose of his visit and the short duration, we considered the risk of him re-offending to be very low,” Ms. Manton said.

The entertainment visa he was granted covers the duration of Mr. Tyson’s five-city Australian tour starting next month.

He was scheduled to visit Australia and New Zealand on the “Day of the Champions” tour to give inspirational talks about overcoming adversity in his life. New Zealand immigration authorities initially granted him a visa before a charity withdrew its support and officials reversed their decision.

Mr. Tyson served three years in prison for rape.

Police called to dispute between Lohan, mother

Police were called to Lindsay Lohan’s childhood home in suburban New York on Wednesday morning after a report of a fight between the troubled actress and her mother.

It was the third run-in involving the actress and New York police officers in the past several weeks.

Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said officers were called at about 8 a.m. Wednesday to the Merrick, Long Island, home where the 26-year-old starlet grew up. Her mother, Dina, lives in the home with some of her other children, The Associated Press reports.

An investigation revealed “no criminality,” Inspector Lack said. Police did not release details on the subject of the argument.

Celebrity website TMZ first reported the dispute. Miss Lohan’s publicist declined to comment.

Miss Lohan recently filmed “The Canyons,” an indie film written by “Less Than Zero” and “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis.

Green Day cancels Voodoo festival performance

The Grammy-winning rock band Green Day has canceled its upcoming performance in New Orleans.

The band was scheduled to headline the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Oct. 27.

The announcement, which was posted on the Voodoo festival website, did not include a reason for the cancellation but comes less than a month after the band’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, headed into treatment for substance abuse, according to The Associated Press.

Mr. Armstrong had a meltdown onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September as Green Day was wrapping up its performance during the two-day concert. He profanely complained that the band’s time was being cut short and smashed his guitar before leaving the stage. The band later apologized in a statement but canceled other promotional appearances.

Voodoo was one of the few appearances the band had not canceled, until Tuesday.

“We, like everyone, were looking forward to having Green Day back at Voodoo,” said the festival’s producer, Stephen Rehage, adding that Green Day’s 2004 Voodoo performance was “one of the festival’s greatest.”

Mr. Rehage said he is disappointed by the cancellation but “the health and well-being of Billie Joe is the most important thing right now. We wish him and the entire Green Day family the best and offer them our full support.”



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